You would think the right way to hold a wedding bouquet would be obvious. “Uh, in two hands?” But no, it isn’t. I’ve endured countless clueless TV weddings during which the bride botched the bouquet thing. One of the more memorable flubs was the wedding of Karen Darling on ABC’s Dirty, Sexy, Money. This was like her fifth time down the aisle or something Elizabeth-Taylorish. This chick is super high-society (think Ivanka Trump), with the crème de la crème of wedding vendors in attendance (who should have done something with her hair!), along with a host of paparazzi.
What really rankled me was that this oh-so-experienced fictional bride (who had the nerve to wear white) carried her bouquet all wrong. I’d like to think her lack of attention to her most important accessory was a bit of directorial foreshadowing—by the time dessert was served, Karen Darling had said, “I don’t anymore.” Well, “That’s TV,” I tell myself. “They don’t have the time to focus on details.” But you would think a major film hit, a film hit about weddings no less, would be able to get it right.
Sadly, that isn’t so. Last night, while my husband was deep into the NBA finals, I finally got a chance to pop in the DVD for 27 Dresses. Yes, it was adorable, funny, heartwarming, (predictable) … but to my shock and awe, in the grand finale, the moment we’ve all been waiting for … Jane walked down the aisle with her bouquet held chest-high, obscuring the bodice of her mother’s heirloom wedding gown over which she’d had such conniptions.
“No, Jane, No!” I yelled at the TV. Look, this gal had supposedly been to more weddings than, well, her fiancé who (spoiler alert) writes the wedding column for the local fictional newspaper. She should know how to hold her bouquet!
Which brings me to my point, oh brides-to-be. As you make your dramatic entrance down the wedding aisle, hold your bouquet at your waist. Simple, elegant, and the best way to show off the décolletage on your Lazaro gown. This goes for bridesmaids, too, by the way.
Got it? Bouquets waist-high. Now let’s see if Karen Darling gets it right in the next season of Dirty, Sexy, Money when she’ll no doubt make another attempt at wedded bliss!
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By Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content, HereComestheGuide
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Photo by Scott Garfield, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money, “The Wedding.”